The oldest church in Houston, Christ Church Cathedral includes extensive garden space in its Bishop's Garden and Cleveland courtyards. Although the church has been in existence since the 19th century, the current gardens have been developed only since 1970, with new additions being completed in 1990. Although there is an underlying structure of hardscaping, trees, and shrubs, other plantings are changed with the seasons and vary from year to year.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Ralph Ellis Gunn (landscape designer, 1969-1975); A. Gregory Catlow (landscape designer, 1975-1984); Lance Thompson (landscape architect, 1990-1992); J. Arthur Tempest (architect, 1893); William H. Merriman (architect, 1990); Richard Harper (architect, 1990); Ray Bailey Architects, Inc. (architects, 1990); and Thompson & Hanson (landscape architects, 1990-1992).
The folder includes worksheets, two site plans with plant names, and brochures and other documents relating to Christ Church Cathedral and the dedication of the Cleveland Courtyard.